Yorkshire distillery debuts second batch of single maltBy Nicola Carruthers
The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery has released the second batch of Filey Bay whisky, the English county’s “first” single malt.
The site’s inaugural single malt whisky, called Filey Bay, was released in October 2019. The three-year-old expression (46% ABV) is inspired by the bay within sight of the distillery in the North Yorkshire coastal village of Hunmanby.
Filey Bay Second Release has been created by marrying a selection of Bourbon casks together with one Sherry cask. The resulting liquid is described as a “light and fruity spirit with flavours of citrus, vanilla ice cream, caramel, biscuit and honey”.
“It was great to spend the time in the warehouse and discover how well our spirit is maturing,” said Spirit of Yorkshire’s whisky director Joe Clark.
“It means that we’ve been able to launch our Second Release a little earlier than planned, which was fortunate as our First Release has sold quicker than expected.
“Filey Bay Second Release is a true evolution of our First Release. The ‘inputs’ are very similar, leading to a house style that is light and fruity – this is something that we’ve worked hard and purposefully to create.
“The difference comes from that extra maturation time. There’s a little more depth to this Second Release and for me that not only makes it a delicious whisky, but it’s also an incredibly exciting indicator as to what’s to come in the warehouse.”
Spirit of Yorkshire co-founder and director, David Thompson, added: “Working closely with the late Dr Jim Swan, we have always aimed to create a flagship whisky that is light and fruity, the definition of our house style that can be enjoyed around the world. Our First Release and Second Release bottlings are the steps to our flagship, as new casks mature, and the character of our spirit emerges.”
Limited to 6,000 bottles, Filey Bay Second Release is priced at £55 (US$67) per 700ml. It is available to buy from the distillery shop and online, Booths stores, Harvey Nichols and select premium retailers across the UK.